Medical Cannabis

Scientists Unlock Full Potential of Cannabis by Mapping Its DNA

Marijuana is an effective treatment for an array of debilitating medical conditions, from muscular disorders to epilepsy and even the side effects of cancer treatments. However, only now are scientists exploring the full extent of marijuana’s medicinal properties, which for now remain largely unknown. In an attempt to understand the full potential of weed, a new research initiative intends to map its DNA. In partnership with Front Range Biosciences, or FRB, a biotech company, scientists at the University of California, Davis, hope to address this lack of knowledge by mapping the cannabis genome. In its own words, the team is conducting this genomic research to “advance understanding of cannabis for medical and nutraceutical uses.” This is not the research team’s first genome mapping project. The group from the University of California, Davis, has mapped the genomes of both the Arabica coffee bean and the cabernet sauvignon grape previously, and now, …

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10 Lesser Known Benefits of Marijuana Topical and Tinctures

When first starting your journey to medical marijuana, you will be met with a long list of cannabis benefits. While there are some widely reported ailments that marijuana topicals have been known to treat, it doesn’t just end there. There are plenty of other reasons for you to try cannabis tinctures. Here are the top 10 lesser known benefits of cannabis so you can start treating yourself at home. 1. Reducing Seizures CBD oils and tinctures are making news lately with the way they productively help to reduce seizures. Sometimes it just takes a drop under the tongue to help calm the mind and the body. This is because the special chemical compound helps to calm the nerve endings and the receptors in the brain that cause seizures. 2. Arthritis Marijuana topicals are perfect for treating arthritis. These topicals can be used as a lotion to be applied directly to …

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Scientists Find Brain’s Reward Pathway for Cannabis at Cellular Level

The fact that marijuana can be addictive is not a secret, and it has not been for many years now. Psychologists, behavioral experts, and scientists all know of its addictive nature. However, pot is not addictive in the same way that heroin and opioid prescriptions are. It is more like having a coffee or sugar dependency. Now, new research illustrates just how marijuana can affect our brains. A team of neuroscientists recently conducted a study to determine how “long-term exposure” to marijuana and its active compounds could influence the way brain cells to respond toward addiction. The group found that the neurons under research changed over time. The study occurred in a strange location: Brigham Young University, long affiliated with the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-Day Saints. Jeff Edwards, a neuroscientist at Brigham Young University, said that, “In general, we downplay marijuana a bit; but really, it is less …

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The Science of Marijuana : How It Works

Marijuana is a complex plant. It contains a diverse set of chemical molecules called cannabinoids. These constituents attach themselves to special receptors in the human body, which make up the endocannabinoid system. Experts frequently describe this process with a “key and lock” metaphor: Your body has specific binding sites, or “locks,” on many of its cell types, and your body produces various endocannabinoids, or “keys,” which bind to those cannabinoid receptors to activate and “unlock” them. Back in 1992, scientists discovered, for the first time, an endogenous substance that binds itself to cannabinoid receptors. Known as anandamide, this substance originates from the word “Ananda,” which is Sanskrit for bliss, and “amide,” which relates to its chemical structure. Then, in 1995, researchers found a second endocannabinoid, 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or simply 2-AG. Anandamide and 2-AG are the most studied endocannabinoids today. We now know about hundreds of cannabinoids, but these resemble the body’s …

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Does Cannabis Improve Immunity in HIV Patients?

A new study confirms that marijuana improves immunity in HIV patients. Those who test positive for previous exposure to weed have higher levels of both CD4+ and CD8+ than those testing negative who have never tried it. According to the study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, both CD4+ and CD8+ are subcategories of white blood cells that assist the immune response process. Findings Promising for HIV Sufferers According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the scientific team, from the University of Florida Center for AIDS/HIV Research and Virginia State University, analyzed the lymphocyte count of HIV patients in urinalysis tests, focusing specifically on differences between those testing positive for THC and those testing negative for the substance. They found that, after controlling for HIV-related and demographical covariates, that patients with positive THC results had notably higher CD4+ and CD8+ counts than their THC-negative peers did. These …

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Medical Marijuana Patients Using Less Prescription Drugs

In Illinois, some medical marijuana patients say that the herb has empowered them to reduce their use of and reliance on prescription medications, with some eliminating them altogether. These are the findings of a new study conducted by researchers at Rush University and DePaul University, which was small and only involved 30 study participants. Because the study only collected data from people who volunteered to participate in a study on this topic, researchers concede that its findings may have a bias in support of cannabis. However, it remains the very first published, peer-reviewed research on medical pot patients in Illinois, and it provides direct feedback of anecdotal evidence to back up the findings of previous studies. The study’s lead author, Douglas Bruce, believes that cannabis contributes to lower rates of opioid drug use. He said, “One of the most compelling things to come out of this is that people are …

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10 Marijuana Lies You Should Stop Believing

We have all fallen victim to a hoax or conspiracy theory. One of the communities that have the biggest amount of misinformation floating around is marijuana. How do you spot the lies? While many things can be ignored because of common sense, it isn’t always that easy. Once you know what is real and what is fake you can have a better understanding of the benefits. Here are the top ten marijuana lies that you should stop believing. 1. Smoking marijuana leads to lung cancer Perhaps the most popular lie is that marijuana is a gateway drug. This has been proven to be false time and time again. While it is true that some people are more prone to addictions, this has little to do with marijuana. Studies actual show the exact opposite is true. This is because simply, marijuana is not a hard drug. 2. Marijuana harms your memory …

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Out Goes DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg, In Comes Who?

As reported by both the New York Times and the Washington Post, Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is set to resign by week’s end. His departure, as the New York Times describes, is due to his increasing resolve that President Trump “has little respect for the law.” Rosenberg was no friend of marijuana. He called medical cannabis “a joke” just two years ago. Rosenberg, who leaves on October 1, was a holdover from the days of the Obama Administration. In his capacity as acting head, he has been running the agency since 2015. He took on the role when then-DEA Administrator, Michelle Leonhart, resigned over a poorly handled scandal involving prostitutes and DEA agents. Leonhart also had strong opinions about state-legal marijuana. In fact, Leonhart disagreed emphatically with how President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were handling the issue of legalization at the …

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5 Good Reasons for the U.S.A. to Decriminalize Marijuana

Despite President Trump showing support for medical marijuana during his presidential campaign, the world sees little evidence of it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is actively fighting to ensure it stays illegal, and he is attacking the rights of states to make their own marijuana laws by asking Congress to override the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which protects them from federal persecution. Bad idea: Top Five Reasons to Decriminalize Marijuana in the U.S.A. Keeping pot illegal is a crime against humanity. With so much evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, proving its medicinal value, preventing people from using it for their health is simply outrageous. As research reveals more of its health benefits, the federal government will find itself facing many, many lawsuits in the future. That aside, there are five other important reasons for the U.S.A. to legalize: 1. Scientific Research Currently, scientists have several obstacles in their way if they want to …

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What We Know About Marijuana in 2017?

  Recently the National Academy’s of Science, Medicine, and Engineering released a 400-page report on the findings of medical marijuana. Not only was this one of the most in-depth reports, it covered everything marijuana based. This helps not only supporters, but skeptics understand how marijuana can be used as medicine. Here is everything you need to know. Marijuana and Chronic Pain One of the most well-known uses of medical marijuana is the connection it has with chronic pain. This new report shows that there is overwhelming evidence that links cannabis with treatment. Not only will cannabis help to relieve chronic pain symptoms, it does it so safely and naturally. Everyone knows that the opioid crisis is growing each and every day. There doesn’t seem to be the solution since medical professions keep prescribing this dangerous drug. This is why main pain suffers are now turning to cannabis in order to …

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New Hampshire Officially Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

New Hampshire finally joins the other New England states, becoming the 22nd state in the country, in not jailing people simply for possessing marijuana. Earlier this year, lawmakers passed a bill decriminalizing the possession of small quantities of weed, and this bill officially came into effect on Saturday. Nobody will go to prison for carrying pot in their pocket anymore. According to the New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, Matt Simon from Manchester, “The governor and Legislature both deserve a lot of credit for moving the state forward with this commonsense reform. Unlike his predecessors, who opposed similar proposals, Governor Sununu appears to understand that ‘Live Free or Die’ is more than just a motto on a license plate.” Simon unwaveringly gave praise where due, “A lot of credit also goes to the House, which has been supporting decriminalization bills since 2008. It was refreshing to see …

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Treating Epilepsy with Medical Marijuana

Ever since people became more accepting of marijuana, it has become a common alternative for treating an array of medical ailments. Now, people are replacing their Tums and Advil with medical marijuana. However, unlike most other chronic conditions that over-the-counter supplements can help manage, treating epilepsy requires a specific chemical cocktail not quite so easily available. This is the reason why so many desperate families are turning to marijuana, specifically its cannabidiol, or CBD, properties, to treat their epileptic family members. Pot has proven such a promising anti-epileptic that the Food and Drug Administration is busily funding several clinical trials. Because marijuana, in particular, is such an effective seizure treatment, it is crucial that research continues. Epilepsy Explained Epilepsy is a horrible condition. Sufferers endure recurring seizures, which vary in effect and intensity. They are the result of disturbance to certain areas of the brain’s circuitry, which leads to bursts …

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Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease

Even though there is scientific proof that cannabis helps with chronic pain and diseases, there is always a sense of skepticism. This is especially evident when it comes to Parkinson’s disease. Patients who suffer from Parkinson’s have been left in the dark for so long. With medical marijuana, patients are finally being able to take control of their lives. So, how does it work? More importantly, what strains are the best when it comes to Parkinson’s disease? What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder that mainly affects the central nervous system. While the symptoms come on slowly, it gets increasingly worse over time. It isn’t only the debilitating pain that causes patients hurt either. Studies show that Parkinson’s can lead to intense depression and behavioral problems. The bad news is that there is no known cure yet for Parkinson’s disease. The good news is that many patients are …

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What Qualifies Cannabis as Medicine?

If you are on the fence about using cannabis as medicine, it might help you to have all the facts. The number one thing people want to know is whether or not cannabis is a safe alternative. It’s also hard to ignore the stigma that surrounds marijuana. Using a drug that is often unfairly classified as dangerous may seem like too big of a risk. The good news is, you don’t have anything to be worried about. Here are all of the facts to help ease your mind. The Chemistry of Cannabis The one major thing that sets marijuana apart from other widely known medications is the chemistry. But, it is even more than that. People prefer cannabis as medicine alternative because unlike other medications, cannabis is natural. It may surprise you to know that there are almost 500 compounds in marijuana making each strain unique. These special compounds are …

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Debt Deal Extends Protections of Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Agreement

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been harassing the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer agreement obsessively of late, and indeed, for most of his time in office. Back in May, he wrote Congress a letter requesting authorization for the Justice Department to override state marijuana laws and prosecute those operating state-legal businesses, in essence riding roughshod over state and individual rights. Formerly the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, before Farr retired earlier this year, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer clause protects medical marijuana programs in legal states from federal intrusion. It bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to target them in any way. Cannabis remains an illegal substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and therefore prohibited by federal law. Fortunately, events of the past few weeks have left medical protections in place for another three months. Medical cannabis patients, cultivators, and dispensaries do not need to fear Jeff Sessions or any federal crackdowns for at least …

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Marijuana Justice Act Would Destroy Federal Marijuana Policy

A new congressional bill presented this week attempts to force government and marijuana to get along better. If both are on the same side, it could end a decades-long federal ban on the cannabis plant. The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, introduced by New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, tries to end prohibition at the federal level and address the impact that such a ban has on both government and citizens today. In a Facebook Live announcement, Booker advised the federal government to “get out of the illegal marijuana business. He hopes it will permit law enforcement to prioritize their spending and time on matters more serious than weed. The country is moving toward full marijuana legalization. Eight states and the District of Columbia now permit recreational weed use, without increasing violent crime rates. Booker has a valid point. These states are all enjoying increased revenues. Their police forces are freer …

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NFL To Consider Medical Marijuana for Pain Management in Players

The National Football League is offering to work in tandem with the NFL Players Association to analyze the possible use of medical marijuana as a tool to manage pain among players. This is according to insiders familiar with the scenario. To date, this is the clearest indication that the league might be willing to cooperate with the union toward future cannabis use, which the sport currently bans. However, the NFLPA is busy with its own study. According to those in the know, it has yet to provide the NFL with a response to its suggestion to cooperate on cannabis-related research. As the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, Joe Lockhart, says, “We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players.” According to the insider, the NFL wrote the union a letter, asking if, due to the NFLPA’s public comments …

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10 Best Marijuana Strains According to Pot Valet Users

There are many different types of marijuana strains. Each has certain benefits depending on what is expected and the quality of the bud itself. The following is a list of the 10 best marijuana strains according to Pot Valet users. Strain One – OG Kush OG Kush is perfect for a cerebral hit. After smoking, this strain users report a strong euphoric high. This strain is incredibly potent and is known for completely relaxing the body. OG Kush frequently appears on multiple lists as the best marijuana of choice. And it is number one on the list year on year for a reason. Users enjoy it and always will. It contains between 19% and 26% THC, which is quite a large variance, so be careful when purchasing. Strain Two– White Widow This strain was initially produced in the 1960’s and descends from South American Sativa and South Indian Indica. White …

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Is the Marijuana Market Having a Supply and Demand Problem?

With so many states joining the marijuana revolution, there is one problem that no one expected. Some states are surprised by the overwhelming demand for marijuana. While marijuana is becoming a business titan, how is it that no expected so many patient requests? More importantly, what happens when the demand becomes too big for suppliers to keep up with? In most states where medical marijuana is legalized, they are only currently allowing the use of medical marijuana. This was done for a variety of different reasons. The biggest reason is that the local government wanted to have control with the best profit. In order to obtain medical marijuana, you have to first become a MMJ card holder. This means that not only do patients have to jump through hoops; they have to pay a fee. Depending on the state, this fee has been anything from $50 to upwards of $100. …

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Minority Marijuana Business Owners Get Incentives in Nine States

In an effort to address the disproportionate effects of marijuana prohibition on Hispanic and black communities, and to ensure equality in the emerging cannabis industry, many states are offering incentives to minority marijuana business owners. Currently, nine states have programs in place to encourage blacks and Hispanics to enter the weed market, and this a look at these efforts: 1. California Voters in California approved recreational marijuana in November 2016, and we can only expect first retail sales of it in January 2018. Despite this, some cities, Oakland in particular, are setting aside half of its cannabis licenses for those previously convicted of cannabis crimes, those who live in areas where drug enforcement was especially intense, and those considered low-income minority residents. Advocates of this program are lobbying for its acceptance statewide and demanding similar measures in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to expert analysis of data …

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Sessions Lobbying Congress to Undo Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

State medical marijuana laws are under attack. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, long a known opponent of legalization, is petitioning Congress to scrap the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which promises legal states protection from federal interference and harassment. In a recently publicized letter from May, Sessions plans to override federal medical marijuana protections given to states. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment States have the right to create their own cannabis laws, even if they contradict federal ones. According to Congress itself, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment prohibits the federal government from using federal funds to stalk anyone using, distributing, possessing, or cultivating medical marijuana in states where it is legal for them to do so. The Justice Department may not undermine the state’s rights. In his letter, written in May and released publically on June 12, Sessions argues that Rohrabacher-Farr inhibits the ability and the authority of the Justice Department to enforce the Controlled Substances Act, under …

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Three Ways to Consume Cannabis Without Smoking

If you are a chronic pain sufferer and have always wanted to try medical cannabis to help bring you some relief but don’t want to put your lungs in jeopardy, you have options. There are plenty of other ways to consume cannabis without having to smoke it. Whether you want to try edibles or oils, there is a perfect way for you to treat your pain. Here are some ways to consume cannabis that will still deliver the same result that smoking marijuana does. Is Smoking Cannabis Bad for Your Lungs? One of the main reasons why people are looking for different ways to consume cannabis is because they fear what the smoke may be doing to their lungs. It may surprise you to know that there is very little evidence to link smoking marijuana to lung cancer. In fact, many people who suffer from certain cancers use medical cannabis …

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West Virginia Legalize Marijuana: What Other States Will Follow?

There is a long list of reasons why the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana is on the rise. With all of the therapeutic and financial benefits that have come from this legalization you can’t help but wonder why so many states are not cashing in on this trend. West Virginia legalize marijuana which opens the door for other southern states to follow suit. This begs the question, what state will be next? Different Types of Legalization West Virginia legalized marijuana, but they are not the first. To know what is legal in your state, you first have to know what types of legalization there is. The most common form of marijuana legalization that you will see is for medical use. While some states are stricter than others when it comes to how to determine who qualifies for a medical marijuana card, the process is fairly similar. In more …

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Proposed New Medical Marijuana Rules for California Industry

After two decades of little to no government oversight, Proposition 215 is back in the spotlight. Since the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015, the state is now striding toward extensive control of this industry. Under this law, businesses can expect changes to the medical marijuana rules of California, including mandates for stricter regulations, increased oversight, and forced compliance. California’s New Laws for Medical Cannabis The MCRSA introduced a bevy of regulatory tasks for marijuana business. To comply, companies are investing in specialized software to help them meet requirements. According to California Legislature, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016 also aims to control, regulate and tax recreational cannabis with similar fervor. New proposals under the MCRSA include mandating the following: Requirements for labeling and packaging. Compulsory quality testing. All aspects of product marketing. Cannabis lifespan tracking, from seed to sale. Restricting environmental impact. Limiting potency and …

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Santa Barbara Launches Website Registry for Cannabis Growers

Recently, farmers gathered in the County Administration Building to voice their support for the progressive approach county supervisors are taking toward production of legal cannabis. Cannabis business in Santa Barbara is about to explode, but some remain ultraconservative about how it will work. That meeting embodied the end of California’s prohibition of recreational marijuana use. The effort appears bipartisan in Santa Barbara. Even those who once opposed the use of cannabis for recreational reasons are now begrudgingly accepting of voters’ wishes. Attitudes have and are changing toward marijuana in Santa Barbara since the passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016. Now the issue is regulating cultivation. After all, farmers will need to supply the demands of pot users. Register Cannabis Growing Businesses in Santa Barbara For this reason, county supervisors approved an online registry for cannabis growers. This website will launch soon, and it encourages marijuana cultivators to register their …

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules in Santa Monica

  Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in California’s Proposition 64, the entire marijuana industry is in a state of regulatory flux. It is still illegal, medicinally and recreationally, under federal law, but states can override federal authority by enacting their own laws. Even more complicated, cities can do the same. This is why some allow marijuana dispensaries and others do not, forcing some patients to travel. Likewise, some cities make it legal to deliver cannabis to patients, under strict regulation, of course. A medical marijuana delivery service in Santa Monica must function within its laws. Dispensaries must have licenses to operate, and they may not neglect requirements for safety and quality. It is advisable to consult with legal counsel to ensure you follow all medical marijuana rules. Medical Marijuana Laws in Santa Monica When California introduced the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015, it sought to control …

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Legalization of Medical Marijuana Slashes Opioid Addiction

In states where medical marijuana is legal, there are fewer cases of opioid addiction. The numbers continue to decline as legalization continues. According to the American Journal of Public Health, medical marijuana is the ideal substitute for addictive and deadly pharmaceuticals. In fact, this is widespread knowledge in the medical industry and has been for centuries already. The Problem with Opioids in California There are many, many people addicted to opioids in California. The problem is not exclusive to the state, but common across the United States. Doctors prescribe opioids for every ache and pain, and these drugs are highly addictive. OxyContin and other prescription painkillers fill many a medicine cabinet, and people are taking them to provide pain relief, whether severe, chronic or mild. Although opioids do an excellent job of relieving pain, they are dangerous. Today’s ache-free moment is tomorrow’s absolute misery. These drugs are so addictive that …

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Rejects Anti-Competitive Marijuana Rules

If you are anticipating the outcome of Proposition 64 on the state’s marijuana rules, then we have news for you: Gov. Jerry Brown wants to resolve the legal conflict between recreational and medical cannabis in California, and he wants it sorted out before year-end. His office released a 92-page document recently, which suggests regulatory fixes for both industry segments. In this document, the governor lays out several proposals on everything, from how to distribute cannabis across the state to how many marijuana licenses businesses may have. Included in Brown’s budget for the year, these proposals must first pass through Legislature before Brown’s final approval can make them law. What does this mean for recreational and medical cannabis in California? Ordinary citizens are breathing a collective sigh of relief and enjoying an early celebration. If Brown’s proposals become effective, people will have the ability to trade competitively. The governor is siding …

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Top 5 Reasons to Replace your Daily Painkillers with Medical Marijuana

Are you using prescription pills but still can’t kill that excruciating pain? Well, it might be time for you to consider replacing those painkillers with something else that works and truly relieves pain. You have no reason to continue enduring pain yet there are other useful alternatives to those chemical drugs you’ve been using. Research has shown that medical marijuana is the best when it comes to pain relief and the treatment of other chronic conditions. That’s why many people are turning to this great and highly beneficial drug. If you are contemplating this option, then it’s time you stopped and started using this health powerhouse. Indeed, marijuana is the best alternative painkiller and here’s why you should choose it: It Does Not Have Dependency Property If you have been using painkillers for many years, you must have realized that some of them tend to make you dependent on them. …

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Top 10 Marijuana Legalization Opponents in the USA

Marijuana has for many centuries passed as an illegal drug all around the world. Moreover, violent and dangerous to the community classification is ongoing about marijuana users. However, this has come to pass with the recent legalization of marijuana in several states in the United States. Marijuana is currently used for the health benefits it provides to many patients suffering from ailments like cancer and anxiety. But as we all know, every debatable forum attracts both proposition and opposition. Marijuana legalization is still stigmatized by the society despite its current legalization. A number of marijuana legalization opponents have surfaced and among the top 10 include; Police Unions Police unions argue that the legalization of marijuana will increase homicide cases. Apparently, both legal and illegal marijuana sellers will compete for marketing and sell grounds eventually affecting the public’s safety. In addition, they oppose marijuana legalization arguing that the number of accidents …

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10 Wondrous Benefits and Healing Properties of Marijuana

Marijuana is one of the most interesting topics to hit the mainstream media in recent times. It has fans and doubters alike, and the decision to legalize it has been viewed by many as highly controversial, with doubts and concerns raised aplenty. However, marijuana also has lots of benefits and healing properties which most people are unaware of. These benefits make marijuana a highly effective and popular form of medicine and have resulted in an increase in cannabis delivery in Santa Monica. Some of these benefits are discussed below. Marijuana can be Used to Treat Glaucoma Glaucoma is an eye disease which increases the pressure in the eyeball, causing damage to the optic nerve and potentially resulting in the loss of vision. Studies have found that marijuana can be used to treat glaucoma, as it decreases the pressure in the eyeball. This can slow down the progression of the disease, …

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Can I Smoke Medical Cannabis While Receiving Medical Treatment For Meth Addiction?

Imbibing more drugs while undergoing medical treatment for meth addiction has always been a controversial topic. Certain studies are proving that medical cannabis can help to effectively cope with withdrawal symptoms in the long run. However, most medical centers will not officially allow its use, leaving users to continue at their own risk. The reality is that the increasing authorization of medical marijuana in states across the US is leading to many individuals using medical cannabis while receiving treatment for other substance abuse such as psychotherapy or counseling. Traditional decisions made by clinical and legal authorities perceive the use of cannabis when undergoing medical treatment, to be a hindrance for its success or a cause of relapse. Research on the Positives of Medical Cannabis Use The positive effects of using medical cannabis for therapy have also been confirmed by clinical studies, including the US Institute of Medicine since 1999, in …

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Can Marijuana Be An Alternative To Conventional Skin Treatments?

Have you ever had an idea, how marijuana could actually be the answer to all your skin problems?The use of cannabis has always been debated, but recent studies in the medicine show that it can actually cure certain serious skin conditions. Numerous cultures have been using marijuana to cure skin infections, burns, and wounds since centuries. In fact, the Chinese emperor Shin-Nung was called the “Father of Chinese Medicine” due to his success in using weed for treatment. Though cannabis therapy is not readily encouraged, many people have experienced relief through this magical her Why Do Skin Ailments Occur? Chronic skin ailments occur due to genetic, environmental or lifestyle influences. Lifestyle influences include obesity, smoking, poor health, stress, poor diet, alcohol and certain medical prescriptions. Environmental influences include climate changes or even dramatic changes in humidity. Most people consult dermatologists, but conventional medicine often worsens the situation. For example, isotretinoin …

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It’s a different Ball Game altogether for Legal Marijuana Growers in California

Legal marijuana cultivators are driving a different kind of success in California. The decriminalization of recreational weed in California is forming a gold rush for warehouses to host weed grows. Investors don’t have a lot of options to directly cash in on California’s recent move to legitimize weed. Presently, there are no marijuana producing organizations publicly trading the substance. On the other hand, cannabis remains unlawful under the federal government. All the same, they wait in anticipation for a lift in the demand for warehouses as legitimate weed companies continue to look for space to cultivate their marijuana supply. In the coming few months, the demand for weed is expected to shoot up and that is why marijuana delivery companies are committed to increase the weed grows for a steady supply. Company shares such as those of Rexford Industrial Realty Inc, Terreno Realty Corp and Prologis Inc that have enormous …

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California Treasury Seeks Trump’s Guidance on Banking for Marijuana Business

The state of California expects an increased growth in its marijuana industry and the need for participation in a banking system for this industry is much needed. Revenue from the cannabis industry in California is projected to the tune of $1 billion per annum and may even be more. With that in mind, John Chiang, the California Treasurer made an appeal to President-elect Trump to intervene and help the state’s $7 billion weed industry participate in the banking system controlled by the federal government. This is an issue that has been pending for years now even with two decades of medical marijuana legalization. The cannabis industry has not been able to join the national banking system because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Despite Californians being able to buy marijuana, the federal government considers it as a Schedule 1 drug and therefore, the reason why it has been locked …

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Should Cannabis Entrepreneurs in California be Worried about Tax Man?

The legal cannabis industry in California is expected to include everybody: store front sellers, backyard growers, dealers offering marijuana for sale online and the farm belt as well. Meanwhile, California state tax collectors are making the initial moves to get a hand into this increasingly growing industry. The state treasury seeks to benefit from the billions of dollars that are at stake in California’s future. State analysts estimate that both the local and state governments may end up collecting more than $1 billion per year from the manufacturing and sale of legitimate marijuana. Still, no one can tell how big this industry will become. For the state, there is no sure way of predicting the number of retailers that will join the market place as the business kicks off in the coming months. However, it is estimated that cultivators could be to the tune of 25,000. These will be required …

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President Obama will Soften Federal Stands on the Marijuana by Reclassifying it

President Obama may sign an executive order before leaving office that will change marijuana’s listing under federal laws. During his reign, President Nixon signed an order in 1970 that listed Marijuana as a Schedule 1 Drug. Drugs in this class have no accepted medical use and are considered to have a high potential for abuse. The federal laws have remained the same since President Nixon signed the order but state governments have had the liberty to create their own laws on marijuana use. Nearly half of the states in the US have legalized marijuana for medical use with others allowing it for recreational purposes. Recent marijuana reforms happened during the November 2016 election. Most of the states allow qualified patients to buy marijuana from registered and licensed dispensaries for medical use. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 Drug among other substances such as heroin, peyote, ecstasy, methaqualone, and …

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Medical Benefits of the Cannabis

Over 25 states now having legalized marijuana for medical use so it would seem prudent to be educated on the medical benefits of cannabis. This is not just a legalized way to perpetuate a bad drug habit. As more and more research is developed, more medical benefits are being discovered. As with any discipline, understanding the terminology leads to greater wisdom and acceptance with less preconceived prejudices. Medical Marijuana is described as the unprocessed whole plant, or its main extracts utilized in such a way as to treat a disease or a symptom. As of 2015, the FDA has not approved the use of the marijuana plant as medicine. The main chemical in the marijuana plant is what is known as cannabinoids. The use of these extracts in chemicals is found in two medications that are currently in pill form and approved by the FDA. So the trend is to …

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A Layman understands of the difference between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa and why it’s important.

The last time I bought Marijuana was after I returned from Vietnam in 1972. My only thought was could I trust the seller and was it good enough to get high on. My choices were dictated as much by cost as it was on quality. Typically, we had Mexican, Panamanian or some that the seller claimed to be from Thailand. One never knew really what you were getting and only by going home and smoking it would you know if you received quality for your money. Home or laboratory grown was virtually unheard of at that time as acquiring seeds was a daunting task. As many people may have in their youth smoked Marijuana (cannabis) recreationally now find themselves requiring Medical Marijuana for health reasons they suddenly find that it is not just a matter of looking to your local connection to purchase something to get you buzzed. You are …

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What Happens If The Cannabis Is Legalized For Recreational Use?

In November, Californian lawmakers are due to make a vote on Proposition 64, which calls for the complete decriminalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical use. Whilst there is already a new system that is being put into place to regulate those who grow the plant for legitimate medical purposes including the sale and manufacturing of marijuana products, it is thought that a positive outcome for the vote will result in similar regulations for the recreational pot industry. What Would It Mean For California? It is likely that there won’t be much that will change when it comes to cannabis dispensaries across the state. There will probably be two separate counters for customers. Those who are purchasing the substance for recreational use would use one counter and those who have been prescribed it will need to use the other. Similar regulations would probably come into force as are already …

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Can Cannabis Treat Traumatic Brain Injury?

When a person receives an external hit to the head, this can result in Traumatic Brain Injury. This is a serious condition that can manifest itself as behavioral problems, cognitive difficulty, mobility issues, loss of ability to speak properly and difficulties seeing properly. It can also bring about headaches, alter the patient’s mood and it can even cause stomach problems. This is such a severe condition that it causes thousands of deaths each year, whilst thousands more are left severely disabled due to the condition. Compared to the number of car deaths across the US, the number of fatalities caused by TBI is almost double, and is around 3 times as many deaths as are caused by homicide each year. Over 5 million people across the US have to live with the effects of TBI, which is around the same number as patients who are suffering from Alzheimer’s. Cannabis Can …

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How Hemp Innovates as a Breakthrough Medicine

In what is being hailed as a breakthrough, Brazil has recently approved the use of hemp CBD products.  This product is high in cannabidiol or CBD, which is believed to have great health benefits for its users.  The product that has been approved by the Brazilian government is intended to be used to fight cancer.  The CBD product is called Real Scientific Hemp Oil and can also be used in Brazil by those who suffer from other conditions including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and even chronic pain.  Now that it has been approved for the use of treating cancer, this just adds to the many healing benefits of the cannabis drug. So far, the US does not have an approved alternative medicine to treat cancer.  The Hemp based Oil therefore puts Brazil in a better position than the US when it comes to offering its citizens a safe and affordable treatment …

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Which Ailments Can Marijuana Most Effectively Treat?

The acceptance of medical marijuana as treatment has grown to the extent that many are already seeking medical treatment via cannabis. A multitude of services, such as cannabis clinics, dispensaries, and cannabis and medical marijuana delivery, have cropped up in order to supply an increasing number of patients. Despite these advances, medical marijuana has not yet received the extensive clinical study that could provide strong validation of its therapeutic and medicinal effects. However, a number of smaller-scale studies do exist that have documented its effectiveness in treating certain illnesses. Below Are Ten Ailments And The Effectiveness Of Medical Marijuana On Their Treatment: AIDS/HIV  Medical marijuana may help with the neuropathic pain which sufferers of AIDS/HIV experience. The findings are similar to those of oral drugs used for chronic neuropathic pain derived from HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. Cannabis has also shown promising effects in treating the symptoms of wasting syndrome, which include …

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Medical Marijuana Santa Barbara

In the Santa Barbara area, medical marijuana is not as accessible as it is in other parts of the state of California. There seems to be different zoning laws in different cities that regulate the construction of dispensaries, as well as the legal distribution of marijuana products. In Santa Barbara, as of 2015, only one dispensary has been approved in the outskirts of the city; with about two more applications for marijuana dispensaries pending. Even at that, the cultivation of marijuana, as well as the membership of people who consume the products and the financial records are all maintained and inspected by the City Staff. In January alone, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to ban the commercial growth of medicinal marijuana. While people are allowed to grow up to 100 square feet of medical marijuana for personal use; qualified patients can also buy medical marijuana from the three dispensaries …

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Where to Purchase Your Medical Marijuana?

It is no secret that marijuana as a whole has become increasingly more accepted by the general public, as well as by the courts, in the United States over the past few decades. In fact, in many cases, states all across America have begun to legalize the use of marijuana, if not for recreational purposes, then at least for medical, with the number of states which have legalized the substance in some form or anther reaching 24. With that said, the more readily available marijuana becomes, the more consumer demand for being able to buy legal marijuana online increases as well. Therefore, various medical marijuana delivery services have begun to crop up all over the nation, offering customers the benefit of being able to buy and consume marijuana, without ever needing to leave the comfort of their homes. How to Get Medical Marijuana Online The question then arises however, where …

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Medical Marijuana Los Angeles

Medical marijuana is very popular in Los Angeles with a lot of products and paraphernalia being sold. Due to the legalization of medical marijuana in California, it is very easy to purchase at your local dispensary or three other dispensaries down the street. The state of California has become very reputable in terms of sales and quality of marijuana products and paraphernalia. People who require the products have easier access to it thanks to the decriminalization of marijuana and the establishments of dispensaries. But when people talk about marijuana and dispensaries, they are often referring to a broad range in the state of California. People within the local cities or even the major cities might not know where to go purchase or how to go about buying it. Medical marijuana in Los Angeles is not as accessible as the other parts of California. Actually in 2015, there were laws put …

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Marijuana: A Brief Overview of Industry’s Progress

Marijuana has been around for centuries, being used as a method of healing, relaxation, pain therapy and even as a recreational substance to alter one’s state of mind. What is more recent however, is the fact that marijuana is finally becoming more widely accepted and practiced in legal forms, in this modern world. In fact, it has come such a long way in acceptance and regular use, that various weed dispensaries have begun to pop up all over the country — though especially in places such as Washington and Colorado which have legalized both recreational and medical use. Because of this, the increasing regularity and ease of purchase, weed prices, though originally high, have begun to decrease significantly as the market expands and product becomes more readily available to the public as a whole. This in turn, has made it easier than ever for regular users to enjoy the substance, …

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What Is A Cannabis Dispensary?

Often times, people do not know what to expect when they hear the words ‘cannabis dispensary”, or when they have to deal with one. A cannabis dispensary is a legalized specially designated location where medical marijuana is sold. If you do proper research it is very possible to find one in your area and understand how it works, as these dispensaries vary in operations based on locations. Some dispensaries only sell for medical uses, while others in the United States are licensed to sell for medical as well as recreational use, as a means of the government regulating the use and dispersion of marijuana. Cannabis dispensaries operate just like any other business operates. Think about when you enter a liquor store to purchase alcohol, you get carded to show that you are of the legal age. Same thing in a cannabis dispensary, you need to present your ID to show …

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The Science Behind Cannabinoids and the THC

What are cannabinoids? Well, cannabinoids[1] are the class of complex naturally occurring chemical compounds, they act as cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found in the brain cells that repress neurotransmitter release. There are three types of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids (found in humans and animals), phytocannabinoids (found in certain plants) and synthetic cannabinoids (they are man made). Cannabinoid receptors, discovered in 1988, which lead to the search for the binding chemical that binds to them. The receptors have been identified into two groups CB1 and CB2. They have many locations throughout the body including the Brain, liver, lungs, kidneys, immune system and hematopoietic cells. They are associated with various physiological responses such as appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Endocannabinoids were first discovered in 1992, called the Anandamide. It has similar chemical properties to the most well-known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The anandamide can be found in the variety of animals, some plants and …

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Find Medical Marijuana Los Angeles Websites

Marijuana Los Angeles websites have a lot of medical marijuana for sale surrounding the city. Having many strains and impeccable services, medical marijuana websites in Los Angeles offer their customers the best strains and the most advantageous services. However, there are also many scammers out there, so you will need to be careful when buying your medical marijuana online.  Look out for Scams! For example, don’t buy from sources that advertise themselves through local ads like Craigslist or comment sections on forums or video sites. These are usually scammers that only ask you for money and don’t ever send you the product. Also, this may be obvious but don’t give your credit card or bank account information away. You risk getting scammed. There are many Marijuana Los Angeles websites that do in fact sell their products safely. They will require you to sign up and provide your green card information. …

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Medical Marijuana for Treating Bipolar Disorder

  Medical Marijuana for Treating Bipolar Disorder Medical marijuana is often used to address high levels of pain in different kinds of illnesses and for patients with serious problems like cancer and other such problems. However, recent evidence suggests that medical marijuana can be used to treat neurological disorders as well. Research conducted by several institutions has shown that medical marijuana has a positive effect on patients suffering from depression, anxiety disorders and other problems. It can also be used to treat bipolar disorders. What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is when you alternate between extreme depressive phases and elation without warning. It affects your energy levels, mood, and your activity levels to an extent that day-to-day tasks can become very difficult. This disorder shouldn’t be taken lightly. In many cases, people just dismiss it as being moody and don’t take steps to treat it. That can harm your health …

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How Does Dabbing Work?

In case you are somehow involved with cannabis, whether medically, recreationally or from a business point of view, then you have probably heard about “dabbing”. It’s been over a decade since this method of consumption has been around, but the onset of more progressive extraction methods has brought on more cannabis concentrates, making dabbing more popular than ever. A dab is a dose of cannabis concentrate. The dabbing method involves heating the concentrate on a hot surface and then inhaling it through a dab ring. The dabs are obtained by extracting cannabinoids, including THC, with a solvent, which is usually butane or carbon dioxide. The final result is a sticky oil that is commonly known as shatter, wax, budder or BHO (butane hash oil). The good news for some is that there is the possibility of extracting only the THC, which is the really medicine in marijuana. The Medical Benefits …

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Top 3 Most Popular Uses For Medical Marijuana

The Top 3 Most Popular Uses For Medical Marijuana At this point, only 6% of medical studies about marijuana are analyzing its medicinal properties. It seems there are at least 2 active chemicals with medicinal applications in this plant. These chemicals are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While CBD impacts the brain without the high, the THC provides the high and pain relief, plus other properties. With that being said, let’s have a look at the top 3 most popular uses for medical marijuana. Marijuana Can Be Used to Treat Glaucoma The eye disease known as glaucoma causes the pressure in the eyeball to increase. This damages the optic nerve and ends up in loss of vision. Marijuana can be used to treat and prevent glaucoma, as it decreases the pressure in the eye, according to the National Eye Institute. The effects of marijuana slow down the way the disease …

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Is Smoking Marijuana Bad for Your Lungs

In spite of all the health benefits medical marijuana has to offer us, scientists and medical professionals have always wondered if smoking marijuana will damage our lungs. After all, we know for sure that smoking in general (cigarettes or tobacco) can have a negative impact over the lungs; so perhaps the smoke of marijuana also does. However, according to a study conducted at Emory University, this may not be the case. A NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys) cross sectional-analysis discovered that adults between 18 and 59 years old, who smoked one joint (a marijuana cigarette) a day, were able to exhale the same FEV1 (forced expiratory volume, also known as the expiratory volume of air), in one second. Spirometry, which measures a person’s ability to exhale, is the method through which doctors diagnose respiratory illnesses that impair lung function. It was the method applied to the subjects involved …

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3 Big Marijuana Myths Busted

Cannabis opponents have, for decades, controlled the message around this popular plant, and have spread a few lies about its actual effects. This caused the use of marijuana to be a stigmata, a cause with effects that haven’t still worn off. The failed and expensive US war on drugs continues, and it seems the criminalization of cannabis users and distributors is a main priority in this war. Some of the governmental agencies continue to stubbornly classify marijuana as dangerous and with no medical value, in spite of the stacks of evidence that prove the contrary. While many know the truth about cannabis (that it is more effective than some prescription drugs in treating some illnesses and that it is healthier than alcohol) and while more than half of Americans want it legalized, the marijuana myths are still around in some mainstream circles. Those who oppose legalization are determined to ignore …

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The Recent Science Behind Medical Marijuana

Until now, almost half of the states in America have legalized medical marijuana. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not regulated it since the drugs remain at the federal level. This forces medical users to search for treatment by themselves. There are thousands of years since humans have used cannabis, yet only in the past few decades have science professionals begun to really have a grasp on how the wide range of chemicals in cannabis function for the human health. Ingredients in Medical Marijuana Among other ingredients, in marijuana, there are at least 104 active cannabinoids.  These mimic the action of the brain’s signaling chemicals, which are known as endocannabinoids. These dock with some of the receptors that are situated on the surface of cells. For example, some of the cannabinoids dock with the receptors of adrenaline and serotonin. The most famous chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also …

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Medical Marijuana Continues to heal

More and more medical circles are accepting the use of medical marijuana, as scientific evidence shows that marijuana helps in the treatment of some illnesses. After cannabis has been legalized in some areas of the country, more and more people are starting to view this plan differently. The health benefits medical marijuana has to offer are more evident than ever. Many remarkable medical professionals have come to support the use of the plant as a treatment helper for many conditions. Medical Marijuana Slows Down Alzheimer’s Progression Studies revealed there has been an increase in the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This has determined a renewed interest in studies that search for medical solutions against the illness. The legalization of cannabis is seen by many as a new ray of hope for those showing early signs of Alzheimer’s. Marijuana has the ability to block the enzyme responsible with the …

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Medical Marijuana in Santa Barbara

Since August 2015, the Medical Marijuana Santa Barbara Program has benefited from one approved Medical Marijuana Dispensary, located in the Outer State Street area. More than this, Santa Barbara has two more pending applications: one in the Upper De la Vina region, another in the Milpas region. The city of Santa Barbara needs to take action before March 1, 2016 if it really wants to manage its dispensaries. Governor Jerry Brown signed 3 laws in October that have to do with the cultivation, transport and also the selling of medical marijuana in Santa Barbara. They would not substitute for local laws that municipalities make before the deadline. As the suggested ordinance is created at this point, Santa Barbara will permit as much as 3 dispensaries yet no commercial farming. Just citizens with a doctor’s notice can cultivate medical marijuana at home. There are as much as 25, 000 medical marijuana patients in the South County, Howe stated, however it is going to be important to not grow very rapidly. The Architectural Board of Review has recently approved the proposal for the Milpas region, and the application for 2609 De la Vina St. continues to be criticized. Medical Marijuana Santa Barbara …

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Medical Marijuana in the Los Angeles

The Medical Marijuana Los Angeles Program has greatly expanded over the past 5 years. As more and more health practitioners and doctors become a part of this growing network, together with more and more research institutes that are able and eager to make clinical studies on the health benefits of medical marijuana, more and more disease are getting approved to be treated with the use of medical marijuana. Currently, in Los Angeles, more than 150 diseases can be treated with medical marijuana. If you were wondering about the facts regarding the Medical Marijuana Los Angeles Program, here are a few of them. 1.  The proposition 215 legalizing medical marijuana in Los Angeles was originally passed in 1996, and it was called the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. 2. The Medical Marijuana Los Angeles Program is tracked, administered and funded by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). 3. As stated …

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Medical Marijuana for Migraine Patients

Before knowing all about medical marijuana for migraines, it is essential to first identify what a migraine is. The chronic headache that is most likely caused by the spasm and narrowing of blood vessels carrying blood to the brain is known as a migraine. The headache is so intense and can happen from once a year to as often as a few times a week. Besides the pain, other symptoms of a migraine may include nausea, sensitivity and vomiting. The identified factors of a migraine may be stress, caffeine, anger, hormonal imbalances or nicotine. Finding a solution to cure the pains from migraines is essential. Medical marijuana has been one of these solutions that has helped migraine sufferers release some of the tension and relieve some of the pain from these painful headaches. Why Use Medical Marijuana for Migraines? There is scientific proof medical marijuana is an effective treatment for …

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